Living Life

People living with HIV
leading healthy & self-directed lives

Be Your Authentic Self

Life, Not Just Survival

Be Supported

About The Aliveness Project

Everyone should have the opportunity to lead a healthy, self-directed life, and people living with HIV should not feel stuck, isolated, or stigmatized.

The Aliveness Project was founded as a community center for and driven by people living with HIV. For over 30 years, we have been facilitating connection to community, offering nutrition & wellness services, and linking our members to resources to lead fulfilling & healthy lives.

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A Safe Place of Support

"Aliveness has been a support in healthcare, both mental and physical and has given me a place to join a community and further my leadership skills.

My life is healthier, less scary, and highly empowered because of The Aliveness Project."

- Alex

A Community of Friends

"I volunteer to honor my friend Marc, who died 20 years ago from complications related to AIDS. Volunteering has given me a community and I was welcomed from the very beginning.

Volunteering at Aliveness also pushes me to learn more about the issues that people living with HIV face, like addiction, mental health, and housing." 

- Peggy

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Benefits
for our members

Meals & Food Shelf

Our  Dining Room is the heart of our community. Hot, scratch-cooked meals are available six days a week and specifically prepared to benefit people living with HIV.

Our Food Shelf is open four days a week and members can visit monthly and select up to 60 pounds of groceries.

Integrative Therapy

Useful therapies such as

Acupuncture
Massage
Chiropractic Care
Talk Therapy

Provided to members at no cost in a clean, comfortable space where members can relax and receive the full benefits of these therapies.

Nutritional Therapy

Full-time dietitian who specializes in HIV related nutrition needs offering:

Body composition analysis
Nutrition coaching
Linkage to state nutrition programs
Menu planning and creation of shopping lists
Care coordination with other health care professionals

Case Management

Linking members to resources to restore or sustain stability including:

Medication assistance
Health insurance and benefits
Housing resources
Sex/HIV education
Employment
Chemical use and mental health resources

Member Services

Maximizing the member experience and helping members connect to community through:

Free tickets to cultural and sporting events
Fun and educational activities at the community center

Know your status

Get tested to find out if you are living with HIV. Aliveness offers testing during regular business hours.

Become a member

1. Fill out the form and provide proof you are living with HIV

2. Come to our community center at 3808 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

3. Gain access to member benefits, resources, and community

Support or Volunteer

We have an active, large family of supporters at The Aliveness Project. Many of our supporters do some or all of the following:

  • Raise funds through Dining Out For Life and other events
  • Volunteer at our community center
  • Raise awareness about HIV/AIDS
  • Advocate at the local, state, and national level

Newsletter & Updates

Welcome Matt Toburen, Our New Executive Director

May 2, 2019

The Aliveness Project is pleased to welcome Matt Toburen as its new Executive Director. Matt is an experienced leader with a background in non-profit, government, and political campaigns. He brings over 10 years of experience in non-profit management, including: strategic vision and planning skills, program and financial management, fundraising, public relations, community collaboration, collaboration with…

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Meet & Greet with Executive Director Candidates

December 27, 2018

Thank you all for your continued support of Aliveness as we get closer to the finish line in our journey to secure an Executive Director. The help of members, staff, volunteers, donors, and the amazing talent of kpCompanies has truly paid off. Our search ended with 42 total resumes received, 26 potential candidates, and 23 applicants interviewed…

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Upcoming Events

Jun
19
Wed
DINNER: Tuna Melts
Jun 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

Jun
20
Thu
Bingo for Members
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members, join us in the dining room before lunch to play Bingo! Win prizes and glory, meet other members, and then enjoy a nice meal.

LUNCH: Grilled Cheese
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

DINNER: “Meat Pie”
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

Jun
21
Fri
OWWLs/HERR Day Out Women’s Support Group @ The Aliveness Project Conference Room
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

OWWLs/HERR Day Out is a peer support group for HIV+ women & women affected by HIV. It is a place for women to share their joys, victories, sorrows, losses, and experiences. All female-identified individuals are welcome! For more info, contact Belinda at JustUs Health – belinda.charlestongreen@justushealth.mn Phone 612-373-2419

LUNCH: Leftovers
Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

Jun
22
Sat
BRUNCH
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

 

Restorative Yoga
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members, staff, and volunteers are welcome to join instructors from the Yoga Center Retreat for gentle restorative yoga classes! Classes will be held in the conference room upstairs during Saturday brunch from 11 am – 12 noon on June 22, June 29, July 13, and July 20; all are welcome.

Jun
23
Sun
CLOSED
Jun 23 all-day

The Aliveness Project is CLOSED for all services on Sundays.

Jun
24
Mon
LUNCH:
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.